Environmental warriors clean up Bay
Turquoise Bay has been given a clean as part of Sea Shepherd’s marine debris beach clean-up campaign.
Twenty volunteers as young as two years old headed out to the popular beach in blustery conditions last Sunday morning to remove nearly 1000 pieces of rubbish left by visitors.
Sea Shepherd Exmouth chapter co-ordinator Grace Keast said the campaign complemented the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s regular clean ups of coastline in the National Park.
“We actually don’t get very much rubbish washed onto the beach, the rubbish we find here is mostly from people who left it behind,” she said.
“What we want to do here is stop the debris from people getting to the ocean to start with.”
Among the 991 pieces of rubbish removed were 420 cigarette butts, 200 paper remnants, 100 plastic film remnants, 61 plastic wrappers and 49 bottle caps.
“A lot of people think cigarette butts are biodegradable but they’re actually made of plastic,” Ms Keast said.
“Every cigarette butt contaminates 6 litres of water.
“Basically every bit of rubbish out there can potentially harm wildlife.”
Ms Keast said with people continuing to do their own little clean ups, the North West Cape would remain pristine.
Sea Shepherd Marine Debris Campaign held a beach clean at Turquoise Bay.